Am I correct in my understanding that I would need to use a SmarTrip if I want the convenience of a card to use on both buses and the metro?
We will be in DC from May 27th through June 1st. We will probably do as much walking as possible while we are in DC but I like the convenience of the bus or metro to get from A to B when my feet get tired or we just want to head to a different part of town.
From what I can tell from searching the forum and reading the WMATA website, if I dont want to use cash on buses (because I never have cash let alone the right change!) and I think I will utilise both buses and the metro, then a SmarTrip card is the most convenient.
It sounds like Farecards only work on the Metro? Is this correct?
I am not particularly worried about transfers between the bus and metro, but I would like to load some money on a card that can be used on either transport system.
Spending $5 to buy the card doesnt bother me if I get the convenience of using it on both modes.